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All-Time All-Stars: Part II

william 3905 Wrote: Jul 10, 2012 1:05 PM
For my money, I think the batting debate is not the one that should be being debated. I think the real thing to consider is the player with the greatest offensive value. This would be summed up in the category of runs scored, and the less tangible category of the ability to discombobulate the competition. And where is that category recorded? I would reply "stolen bases." When you look at these two there is only one play who stands head and shoulders above the rest: Ricky Henderson.

Editor's note: This column is part II in a series. Part I can be found here.

Trying to choose the greatest pitcher of all time is at least as difficult as trying to choose the greatest hitter of all time. In both cases, the best we can do is narrow down the list.

Outside a charmed circle of five batters, no one had both a higher lifetime batting average and a higher lifetime slugging average than any of those five. In alphabetical order, they are Ty Cobb, Lou Gehrig, Rogers Hornsby, Babe Ruth and Ted Williams. There are other batters whose...